The Miracles Shown after His Death - 660 

peared a Lesser Brother in a shining tunic bound with a cord. With great gentleness he drew him by the arm out of the water, and said, "I am Francis, the one you called." The man was stunned to be freed in this way and wanted to kiss his footprints. He ran here and there, anxiously questioning his companions, "Where is he? Where did the saint go? Which way did he go?" But they were terrified: they fell prostrate to the ground, extolling the glorious deeds of the great God and the powerful merits of His humble servant.

3Some young people from the town of Celano went out together to cut grass in some fields where an old well lay hidden, its opening covered with plant growth, holding water with a depth of almost four paces. While the children ran about, each going a different direction, one accidentally fell into the well. As the deep pit was swallowing his body, his soul's spirit rose up to call on the aid of blessed Francis, calling out with faith and confidence even as he was falling, "Saint Francis, help me!" The others turned around this way and that, and when they noticed that the other boy was missing they went in search of him, shouting and crying. When they discovered that he had fallen into the well, they ran crying back to the town, explained what had happened and begged for help. They returned with a large crowd of people, and a man was lowered by a rope into the well. He found the boy floating on the surface of the water totally unharmed. When the boy was lifted out of the well, the boy said to all the bystanders, "When I suddenly fell, I called for Saint Francis's protection, and he instantly arrived while I was still falling. He reached out his hand and gently held me and did not leave until, along with you, he pulled me from the well."

4While the Lord Bishop of Ostia, who later became the Supreme Pontiff Alexander,a was preaching in the Church of Saint Francis at Assisi in the presence of the Roman curia, a large and heavy stone carelessly left above the raised stone pulpit was pushed out by the strong pressure, and fell onto a woman's head. Since the bystanders assumed that she was definitely dead, with her head completely crushed, they covered her with the mantle she was wearing, intending to take the pitiful corpse out of the church when the sermon ended. She, however, commended herself with faith to Saint Francis, before whose altar she lay. And behold, when the sermon was finished, the woman rose up in the sight of everyone, unharmed, not

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 926-927


5Et ecce, quidam frater Minor, indutus tunica candida et fune succinctus, cum magna suavitate arreptum per brachium extra flumen eduxit, dicens: « Ego sum Franciscus, quem invocasti ». 6Ille vero, sic liberatus, nimis obstupuit volensque pedum ipsius deosculari vestigia, huc atque illuc anxius discurrebat, quaerens sociis: « Ubi est ille? Quo abiit Sanctus? Qua via discessit? ». 7Viri autem illi tremefacti, proni ceciderunt in terram a sublimis Dei gloriosa extollentes magnalia et virtuosa merita humilis servi eius.

3 1Iuvenes quidam de burgo Celani pro metendis herbis exierant ad campestria quaedam, in quibus vetus latebat puteus, herbis in summo ore virentibus obumbratus, qui quasi per passus quatuor aquarum altitudinem continebat. 2Segregatim igitur per campum discurrentibus pueris, unus ex improviso decurrit in puteum. 3Absorbente autem profunda fovea corpus, spiritus mentis sursum recurrebat ad beati Francisci suffragium, clamans in ipso lapsu fideliter et fidenter: « Sancte Francisce, adiuva me! ». 4Ceteri huc et illuc se vertentes, dum puer alius non comparet, clamore, circuitu et lacrimis requirebant eumdem. 5Comperto tandem, quod in puteum cecidisset, festinanter cum gemitu redierunt ad burgum, indicantes eventum, exposcentes auxilium. 6Redeuntibus autem illis cum multa hominum turba, demissus unus per funem in puteum, puerum respexit in aquarum superficie residentem, nihil passum penitus laesionis. 7Extractus vero de puteo puer dixit omnibus qui adstabant: 8« Quando subito cecidi, beati Francisci patrocinium invocavi, qui corruenti mihi statim praesentialiter affuit, et manum porrigens, leniter apprehendit nec unquam deseruit, donec una vobiscum de puteo me eduxit ».

4 1In ecclesia beati Francisci apud Assisium, dum, praesente Romana curia, praedicaret dominus episcopus Ostiensis, qui et postmodum Summus Pontifex exstitit Alexander, quidam lapis ponderosus et magnus incaute super pulpitum excelsum et lapideum derelictus, prae nimietate pressurae impulsus, super caput cuiusdam cecidit mulieris. 2Aestimantes igitur circumstantes, perfecte ipsam iam mortuam et caput eius totaliter conquassatum, cooperuerunt eam pallio, quo erat amicta, ut, sermone finito, educeretur extra ecclesiam lugubre funus. 3Ipsa vero se beato Francisco, ante cuius iacebat altare, fideliter commendavit. 4Et ecce, praedicatione finita, mulier coram omnibus adeo surrexit incolumis, ut nullius in ea laesionis vestigium appareret.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 660